miércoles, 31 de diciembre de 2014

A unified approach to grown structures

Wanderers is a collaborative project between Neri Oxman (and the team at the Mediated Matter Group at MIT Media Lab), Christoph Bader & Dominik Kolb (Deskriptiv) to create four digitally grown and 3d printed wearables that could embed living matter. The teams have been working on a computational growth process which is capable of producing a wide variety of growing structures. Inspired by natural growth behaviour, the computational process creates shapes that adapt to their environment. Starting with a seed, the process simulates growth by continuously expanding and refining its shape. The wearables are designed to interact with a specific environment characteristic of their destination and generate sufficient quantities of biomass, water, air and light necessary for sustaining life: some photosynthesize converting daylight into energy, others bio-mineralize to strengthen and augment human bone, and some fluoresce to light the way in pitch darkness.

Field of Dreams - Merry Ellen Kirk (Lyric Video)


Merry Ellen Kirk is a poet. Perhaps “songwriter” is a more commonly used term, but it’s also too commonplace for Merry Ellen’s glittering narratives, songs that spring up wildly from her subconscious and bloom into vibrant, lilting melodies. Her typewriterflipsparkling piano refrains sweep and spill into fresh, sweet rivulets of notes; her lyrics weave bright, halcyon tales of dream sequences, the light and dark polarities of the human experience, and beauty in its many forms. “I write about light and dark a lot… good and evil, dreams and reality, the darker and lighter parts of the human soul,” she explains.

martes, 9 de diciembre de 2014

Dorian Concept: A winding journey through an eclectic mind.


"I've always been a fan of reduction," Austrian artist Oliver Thomas Johnson said of his new album, Joined Ends. Ironically, the music he made his name on was rather maximalist, including classics of the post-dubstep explosion like 2009's When Planets Explode. Now at home on Ninja Tune, Johnson's latest record sees him stripping back his repertoire to a few analogue synths, an electric piano and his own vocals. 

Johnson's adventurous RA podcast outlines the inspiration behind his recent self-reinvention. Heavy on his own songs but also featuring the likes of Dimlite, Letherette, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Oval, it looks unusual on paper but makes total sense in execution. Part of that comes down to extra effort: Johnson colours between the transitions with synths, turning the mix into a sort of hybridized live/DJ set. It's an intimate look into what makes him tick. 

domingo, 7 de diciembre de 2014

Jetty Rae - Nice Ones Music Video


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Jetty Rae
Jetty Rae at Lilith Fair 2010
Background information
Birth nameBrittni Whittaker
BornJanuary 13, 1987 (age 27)
Springfield, Oregon
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, ukulele
Years active2006—present
Jetty Rae (born January 13, 1987) is an unsigned indie folk singer/songwriter whose career began in Kona, Hawaii but now resides in Michigan. Notable appearances include Lilith Fair 2010, CMJ Music Festival,[1] and a number of CFA festivals including Agapefest,[2] Big Ticket,[3]and Fandana Festival.[4] Jetty Rae also sang the jingle on three nationally televised Truviatelevision commercials in 2011-2012.[5] She is known for "taking lyrics and adding a depth that few artists can.".[6] Jetty Rae's album "Drowning in Grain" peaked at #130 on the CMJ Top 200 Radio charts.[7]

sábado, 6 de diciembre de 2014

Rehyn - Fortune's Fool - WMSE Local Live

Squeaky Lobster


Squeaky Lobster – Live “Sprout Session” (10.31.14)

squeaky lobster
Squeaky Lobster came to the dublab studio for a live set. His sounds kept our heads moving and our hearts pumping. This artist from Belgium is part of the Vlek roster, and one of the most progressive sounds being made these days.
Squeaky Lobster - Live Sprout Session (10.31.14) 

viernes, 5 de diciembre de 2014

From the Bandcamp blog: Going underground


Going Underground

The Bunker New York
Most paeans to New York club culture focus on bygone nightspots like the Paradise Garage, David Mancuso’s Loft, and the Mudd Club. But would-be archaeologists hardly need to dig so deep into the city’s asphalt to be reminded of what the city has lost as it has gentrified. Manhattan has become a playground for the superrich, Williamsburg has become Condoburg, and in Brooklyn alone, hallowed venues like Glasslands, 285 Kent, and Death By Audio have all recently been ousted.
Just a decade ago, it was still possible to dance to experimental techno in a basement bar on the Lower East Side, where the invitingly seedy feel of the place was accentuated by booths tucked inside repurposed wine casks—an extra layer of privacy inviting patrons to get up to who knows what kind of mischief. The room in question was subTonic, the basement extension of Tonic, a storied venue for improv and experimental music. While Tonic was the stomping ground for musicians like John Zorn, Marc Ribot, and Christian McBride, subTonic was home to The Bunker, a weekly party that hosted a wide array of underground electronic music—from Akufen to DJ /rupture. (A full list of artists who have played the party can be found on The Bunker’s website, and it’s really kind of a sight to behold. Full disclosure: I even played records there on occasion.)
Bunker by Seze Devres
Photo by Seze Devres
Tonic and subTonic closed in 2007, but The Bunker is still going; the party moved first to Galapagos (renamed Public Assembly when the space was sold) and now at a variety of venues, depending upon the bill, from the comparatively large-scale Output to upstart spaces like Bossa Nova Civic Club and Todd P’s Trans Pecos. And despite the conventional wisdom that this is a terrible time to be getting into the record business, they’ve even extended their operations to include a record label, sensibly named The Bunker New York. “Launching a label is something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time,” says Bryan Kasenic, head of the label and a co-founder of the parties, “but 2014 was the year I finally had enough time and extra cash to do it properly. After many years of being surrounded by incredibly talented artists whose music wasn’t being released, it was time to start putting it out there.”

When Kasenic talks about doing it “properly,” he’s not kidding: The Bunker New York has put out an impressive 10 records in its first year of operation, some of them from incredibly storied musicians, like Uwe Schmidt (aka Atom™), and Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum) and David Moufang (Move D), reuniting as Reagenz, their long-running collaborative project. A goodly number of the label’s releases come from within The Bunker’s own New York community, as one might expect. “It was very important to me from the start to include a lot of New Yorkers in the label, focusing on unknown and somewhat forgotten artists,” says Kasenic. “There is so much great music coming out of New York right now, the techno scene specifically.” Although, he admits, “I wouldn’t say there is necessarily a specific sound that people are going for. I think, in general, people are more open now—it’s not as common as it used to be to find people who are super deeply into just one sound or genre. People want to push boundaries and do their own thing, which is fantastic!”

Terry Bozzio -- Guitar Center Drum Off 2011 (Part I)

miércoles, 3 de diciembre de 2014

Trilok Gurtu: Zildjian Day in London (1995)

Trilok Gurtu - photo: Guido Harari
A world class, virtuoso percussionist, Trilok has attracted a world class set of collaborators over a long career; these started with John McLaughlin in whose trio, Trilok flourished as the featured soloist for 4 years, other jazz greats continued this path – Joe ZawinulJan Garbarek, Don Cherry, Bill Evans, Pharoah Sanders, Dave Holland were all attracted to Trilok’s burning sense of rhythm. Of course he is deeply rooted in the Indian tradition, so it is no surprise to see that collaborations also took place with the glitterati of Indian musical society – his mother, Shobha Gurtu, Zakir Hussain, L. Shankar, Shankar Mahadevan, Hariprasad Chaurasia, The Misra Brothers and Sultan Khan. World music has become an established genre in which Trilok has further “ploughed his own furrow” with his own group, to great effect, performing and recording with Salif Keita, Oumou Sangare, Angelique Kidjo, Neneh Cherry, Omara Portuondo, Tuvan throat singers, Huun Huur Tu, to such effect that . Rita Ray of BBC Radio described him as “a serial collaborator”.

martes, 2 de diciembre de 2014

UFO- (OVNI) SERIE TV (SUBTITULADA)-EP04 - Exposed- (Gerry y Sylvia Ander...

From the Wikipedia:

UFO was a 1970 British television science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth, created byGerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill, and produced by the Andersons and Lew Grade's Century 21 Productions for Grade's ITC Entertainment company.
UFO first aired in the UK and Canada in 1970 and in US syndication over the next two years. In all, 26 episodes, including the pilot, were filmed over the course of more than a year, with a five-month production break caused by the closure of the MGM-British Studios in Borehamwood, where the show was initially made.

lunes, 1 de diciembre de 2014

Song for Everyone - L. Shankar - Zakir Hussain - Trilok Gurtu - Jan Ga...

Shankar "Watching You", con Jan Garbarek, Zakir Hussain y Trilok Gurtu

L. Shankar

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L. Shankar
L Shankar.jpg
Shankar in One Truth Band, Jazz Bilzen 1978 performing with John McLaughlin
Background information
Birth nameLakshminarayana Shankar
Also known asShenkar
GenresCarnaticclassicalelectronica,progressive rocksoft rock,folkfusionjazzoccidental,pophard rock
InstrumentsVocalsdouble violinviola,electric violinkanjiratablas,dholakdrumspercussion,sarodtambourakeyboard
Years active1972–present
Notable instruments
Custom-built double violin
Lakshminarayana Shankar, also known as L. Shankar and Shenkar, is an Indian-born American violinist, singer and composer.

Shankar has played with some of the greatest musical contemporaries of his time, including Lou ReedEcho & the BunnymenTalking Heads,Frank ZappaPeter GabrielElton JohnEric ClaptonPhil CollinsCharly GarcíaJonathan DavisBruce SpringsteenVan MorrisonStewart CopelandYoko OnoA. R. RahmanJohn WaiteSteve VaiGinger BakerTotoNils LofgrenMark O'ConnorRodrigo y Gabriela and Sting.[5]Shankar has been praised for his ability to mix Eastern and Western influences, assimilating Carnatic music with poprockjazz and contemporary world music.[8] He admits "Ultimately, I would like to bring the East and West together. That, I think, is my role," he says.

domingo, 30 de noviembre de 2014

Zakir Hussain - Rakesh Chaurasia - Live

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Zakir Hussain
Ustad Zakir Hussain 1.jpg
Zakir Hussain in Konark Natya Mandap,Odisha, India 2012
Background information
Born9 March 1951 (age 63)
OriginMumbai, Maharashtra, India
GenresHindustani classical music,jazz fusionworld music
Occupation(s)Tabla Maestro
Years active1963–present
Associated actsRemember Shakti
Zakir Hussain (born 9 March 1951) is an Indian tabla player, musical producer, film actor and composer.
He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1988, and the Padma Bhushan in 2002, by the Government of India. He was also awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1990, given by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, India's National Academy of Music, Dance & Drama. In 1999, he was awarded the United States National Endowment for the Arts's National Heritage Fellowship, the highest award given to traditional artists and musicians.


Zakir Hussain is today appreciated both in the field of percussion and in the
music world at large as an international phenomenon. A classical tabla
virtuoso of the highest order, his consistently brilliant and exciting
performances have not only established him as a national treasure in
his own country, India, but gained him worldwide fame. His playing
is marked by uncanny intuition and masterful improvisational
dexterity, founded in formidable knowledge and study. The favorite
accompanist for many of India’s greatest classical musicians and
dancers, he has not let his genius rest there. Widely considered
a chief architect of the contemporary world music movement,
Zakir’s contribution to world music has been unique, with
many historic collaborations, including Shakti, which he
founded with John McLaughlin and L. Shankar,
Remember Shakti, the Diga Rhythm Band, Making
Music, Planet Drum with Mickey Hart, Tabla Beat
Science, Sangam with Charles Lloyd and Eric Harland and recordings and performances with artists as diverse as George Harrison, YoYo Ma, Joe Henderson, Van Morrison, Airto Moreira, Pharoah Sanders, Billy Cobham, Mark Morris, Rennie Harris, and the Kodo drummers. His music and extraordinary contribution to the music world were honored in April, 2009, with four widely-heralded and sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Artist Perspective series.


Craig Bratley


Craig Bratley "Analogue Dreams"

This week sees UK producer Craig Bratley issue his debut LP, Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride, a 10-track effort which showcases the man's propensity for tweaking disco formulas into any number of shapes and sizes. One such track is "Analogue Dreams," a production driven by cascading hardware tones and some light percussion (which is anchored by deep-tuned kick drums). Atop this bed, Bratley effortlessly floats in a number of interlocked arpeggio melodies, which are hand-tweaked as they glide across the track before eventually being joined by a procession of bouncing piano chords and fast-moving digital strings. Out now in vinyl form (and set to see a digital release on December 15) via the Tsuba label, Bratley's Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride LP can be further previewed after the jump.

Average: 8.4

viernes, 28 de noviembre de 2014

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens Official Teaser Trailer #1 (2...

Casino Times


Casino Times "Lost"

With a four-track EP due from the pair early next month, London outfit Casino Times(a.k.a. Nicolas Church and Joseph Spencer) has offered up bonus production "Lost" for free download. A track steeped in late-night vibes, "Lost" wraps filtered chords, a muffled bassline, and—eventually—a slow-burning lead synth around a set of skeletal rhythms. A subdued five-minute effort, "Lost" can be grabbed below while Casino Times' forthcoming Lower Level Sounds EP can be previewed after the jump before it lands viaFuture Boogie on December 8.
Average: 6.6